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Back to the Future Indeed: Electric DeLorean DMC-12 in the Works

125 mph (possibly); no flux capacitator (probably).

By Joshua Condon Oct 17, 2011 1:39PM
The reborn DeLorean Motor Co. announced Friday that an electric DeLorean was in the works for 2013. And not "electric" as in "exciting" -- though it could be that, too -- but as in actually electric: Texas-based DMC will partner with start-up Epic EV to produce an electric vehicle that reportedly will achieve 125 mph from 260 horsepower -- and cost anywhere from $90,000 to $100,000.

A prototype electric DeLorean was unveiled in a surprise move during the DMC Texas Open House for DeLorean owners at the company's headquarters in Humble, Texas. DMC owner Stephen Wynne said that the new vehicle represents "major leaps forward" and that "as far as substantial updates go, it's been 30 years."

Yes, we noticed.

DMC-released specs are included after the jump.

Information and image courtesy of DMC.
[Source: DMC via Autoblog.]

Oct 18, 2011 4:01PM

This sucker's electrical. But I need a nuclear reaction to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity I need.

Emmit Brown, Back to the Future

Oct 18, 2011 1:16PM

I'm sick of going through these comments and seeing myths perpetuated about my car. To prevent any more ignorance from permeating the board, let me clear some up: 1) The original DMC-12s weigh approximately 2700lbs. The SS panels are relatively thin, this is not an extremely heavy car. 2) For the time period this car was created, it was absolutely state-of-the-art in safety. It received commendation from various insurance companies to include Allstate. One of the names considered for the car was the "DSV"--DeLorean Safety Vehicle. 3) These cars aren't worthless. If properly cared for, many have appreciated and are worth upwards of 20k, even 30k. 4) They aren't unreliable cars, but they ARE 30 years old. Any 30 year old car will have issues, and any 30 year old car can be made reliable. I've owned mine for almost a year and the only issue I had was age related. 5) There are plenty of parts, and they ARE making new parts to replace the NOS ones as they are consumed. The hardest thing to find, in my experience, was the correct tire size. If you're going to make an asinine comment, make sure it's backed up by fact.


I'm not usually a fan of electric cars. But I AM a fan of keeping a car with the most fascinating automotive history behind it alive for generations to come. If that means sticking a massive battery in it, tying a nuclear reactor to the back, or heck, even tying it to a dog sled, I'm all for it.



Oct 18, 2011 3:25PM
Oh, and @lexapro, it's pretty obvious you've never been near a stainless steel sink, much less a stainless steel DeLorean. It's so much easier to clean than an average car. I use Windex and Bar Keeper's Friend, and have never spent a dime on wax. The car is not junk, and I just saw six of them on Saturday. They're out there. And "no one wants one"? I'm a 22 year old chick, and I wanted one--so I worked my butt off on a deployment in Afghanistan (no handout from mommy and daddy!) and got it. And restored it myself.  Oh, and at least 3 times a week I receive offers from complete strangers to buy my car. The stock DeLoreans are underpowered, I'll give you that, but shame on you for perpetuating the lie that the DeLorean of today has received any money from our government. The last time DeLorean received a handout was in 1982, and from the British government. Not our money. Oh, and John DeLorean never did coke, and was acquitted of ALL trafficking charges. Today, they don't need taxpayer money. This car is a historical piece and speaks for itself. Now stop turning my beloved car into your political soapbox, and stay the heck away from my DeLorean.
Oct 18, 2011 2:45PM
Green gone mad...  90k??? Yeah right!  I could by about 4 Hyundai Elantra's for that.  Besides, it's worthless without the Flux Capacitor...
Oct 18, 2011 3:31PM
Hmmmm....  Did you ever notice that when some great new 'green' technology comes out the only ones who can afford it are those who really don't care what the traditional technology costs?  If this thing were priced about equal with a nicely equipped Toyota Corolla it just might sell and make a difference in the environment.  LOL  As it is people like Jay Leno might buy one to put in his auto museum but Mr. and Mrs. J.Q. American won't even be able to look at it. 
Oct 18, 2011 2:23PM
Oct 18, 2011 11:33AM
Yes, but can it generate the 1.21 gigawatts it needs for time travel?Lightning
Oct 18, 2011 11:47AM
120 mph...huh? Thats a little excessive. It really only needs to get up to 88mph..
Oct 18, 2011 1:06PM


Ok folks enough with negative stuff! I've had forty years of tree hugger nonsense! Here is a gutsy

American car manufacturer willing to turn out a truly unique American product! Yes it's pricey and not perfect, but most new products aren't bug proof! With our economy needing a boost from anywhere we can find it we should encourage Mr. Wynn & co. and pat them on the back! Can't say for certain but I doubt they had any stimulus from the clowns in D.C.         

Oct 18, 2011 2:26PM
That's not enough power, that battery needs to at least produce 1.21 gigawatts.
Oct 18, 2011 8:08PM
To all of you complaining about the price. This is the front end of the electric vehicle revolution, I remember when a sony CD player was an $800 item. The price is steep, but this goes a long way into proving that it can be a viable solution and I applaud them for it and wish them the best of luck
Oct 18, 2011 3:04PM

Well, IAM DUMMY, if the range is really 100 miles on a 3.5 hour charge that's pretty cheap transportation:


240 volts at 70 amps is 16.8 kilowatts.  3 1/2 hours  would be 58.8 kWh.  I think the average electric rate in the U.S. is around 13 cents/kWh.  So that charge would cost $7.64. At $4/gallon of gas, that's the equivalent of about 50 mpg.  

Oct 18, 2011 4:09PM
Lets put this into prospective. people who spend $90G on a car simply care less about how much they may be saving in Fuel/energy.So with that said, what they do care about is convenience.(and style of coarse.)  now convenient this car is not. seeings 100 miles now days isn't really that far unless you live in a big city. and if you do live in a big city plugging in for a recharge is gonna be a problem(statically speaking), impress me by creating an electric car that recharges itself using a "Solar Sunroof". funny how all of us still have calculators well over 20years old that still work inside or out. but we still can't implement this technology into a car? come on government we r done with the scams and lies. It's time we all get on the same page and stay there don't u think?.. 
Oct 18, 2011 3:53PM
Good to hear this,,  to me one of the Best looking cars of the 70 and  80s the DeLorean and still today look's nice and hot ..Martini glass
Oct 18, 2011 11:29AM
Only a range of 100 miles?!?!??  you pay $90K for a range of 100 miles?!?!? oh please . ......that's pathetic.
Oct 18, 2011 12:31PM
just what we need - another way over priced electric car

what would you rather have a damn chevy volt at 40,000 or a corvette at 43 - 45,000

i would take the corvette hands down

how they put such a high price tag on the volt is pure stupidity when people are not showing very much interest in it - they should have put a price tag of 20 - 25,000 and it would be selling like hot cakes
Oct 18, 2011 4:15PM
If this truly looks that same as the original, I can definitley see waiting around until is good and used....and then stuffing a 300+ ci twin turbo charged engine it it.   MMM...fossil fuel....
Oct 18, 2011 12:27PM
The real question is when will the flux capaciter be made available?
Oct 18, 2011 2:32PM

Batteries that power vehicles currently don't scale well.  Bigger vehicles require MUCH bigger batteries.  That means there's no way to power an electric a truck or an SUV (much less a semi).  It would require giant batteries.  Even on the EV's that are on the road now, the batteries have to be cooled or heated to produce enough power.  That also requires more electricity.  The bottom line is range.  Cool and heat the batteries for efficiency and you loose range.  Run the A/C and you loose range.  Turn on the radio and you loose range.  What we are seeing is manufacturing taking advantage of lots of government money.  Lots of feel good publicity.  Companies raising the public's awareness because they build electric cars and the good will that brings, but not a practical means of propulsion.   Does anyone out their know where we can find a good Flux Capacitor?



Oct 18, 2011 3:38PM

Uh how much for the Mr Fusion option instead of the battey pack?

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